At DBM Solar, we’re focused on educating clients on the benefits of solar power energy. Outside of the technology angles of solar, there’s never-ending, interesting facts related to the sun. An interesting topic that’s relevant to this month, Stress Awareness Month, is how the sun can influence your well-being.
The cold of winter months may negatively affect your mood. Luckily, with spring finally here, brighter days are ahead. During winter months, or even in the summer in places where the weather is constantly rainy or skies are regularly overcast, this type of weather may negatively affect your mood. This type of stress is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It is a type of depression related to less exposure to the sun, which leads to less Vitamin D absorption. The best remedy is to step outdoors and enjoy the sun.
If you can’t escape being cooped up in the home because of being snowed in or extreme cold temperatures, sufferers of SAD may benefit from light therapy. Like PV systems, the body picks up the sun’s light spectrums and converts the energy into something positive. Most light therapy lamps emit anywhere from 2,500 to 10,000 lux wide-spectrum light. The light is intended to mimic real sunlight via a natural glow.
While that’s a great solution to winter months, does light have stress-alleviating benefits during warmer seasons, too? Yes. Some studies suggest that proper light spectrums may even mitigate jet lag, fatigue, insomnia, and more. Light and solar technology is amazing.